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These chocolate peanut butter balls (no bake!) are always popular at my church's annual Christmas fundraiser. They resemble chestnuts or buckeyes—hence the name. —Merry Kay Opitz, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    5-1/2 dozen


  • 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2/3 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, peanut butter and butter until smooth. Shape into 1-in. balls; set aside.
  • Microwave chocolate chips and shortening on high until melted; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a wire rack over waxed paper; refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm. Cover and store in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Leave a bit of chocolate-free space on each piece for an authentic buckeye look!
  • Check out more iconic recipes from Ohio.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 127 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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    • Monica
      Nov 14, 2020

      Perhaps if we just call them peanut butter balls instead of buckeyes all the people from Ohio will calm down. Delicious!!

    • cbgwatkins
      Oct 24, 2020

      These are great, but add rice crispys to make them better and spray your wire rack or place on wax paper to keep from sticking. You can dip them, cool them, then dip them and cool them on a different side if you don’t want the buckeye.

    • Vicki
      Aug 18, 2019

      I can't believe you would use a recipe from a person in Wisconsin for a best recipe in the state of Ohio!!! Hence not leaving a small spot not covered with chocolate..............a true Buckeye would know better. My "beef" is with TOH, NOT the person from Wisconsin.

    • clyn
      Dec 21, 2018

      It is best not to put these on a wire rack. Mine stuck to the rack and the chocolate broke off a lot of them!! Not a pretty presentation....... But they taste GREAT!!!!

    • SouthernMaster
      May 24, 2018

      @darrr: Who cares??? If you didn't make this recipe, leave a comment without rating it.

    • darrr
      May 24, 2018

      True Ohio buckeyes are not fully covered in chocolate but have a small uncovered area that truly resembles an authentic Ohio Buckeye. Truly yummy!From an Ohio native and true Buckeye fan!!

    • ms11145
      Nov 26, 2017

      Like others have stated, a true buckeye isn't completely covered. Some of the peanut butter mixture needs to be shown; thus a buckeye. I like making one day, pop them into the freezer, then getting them out the next day to coat with chocolate. I usually use almond bark because it melts smoothly/ Another trick is to melt the bark in a slow cooker The chocolate stays at the perfect temperature.

    • nanacarb
      Jun 8, 2017

      I'm from Ohio the true Buckeye state, I make these every year but use paraffin instead of shortening and don't cover them alll the way in chocolate, leave the tops bare so they look like a buckeye.

    • rwippel
      Dec 11, 2016

      I love all things buckeye! These were delicious, but I don't know how I feel about the semi sweet chocolate. I think I will cut with milk chocolate next time. I also froze the peanut butter balls for about 15 minutes before dipping in the chocolate.

    • Queenlalisa
      Dec 8, 2015

      I agree with Cassie. Buckeyes have to have some peanut butter showing. If you completely dip them they are like my peanut butter ball recipe. Peanut butter balls have graham cracker crumbs or rice crispies added. No matter how you cover them or what you call them they are yummy! I've been making them every Christmas for over 30 years. Use a double boiler and you won't have to keep reheating the chocolate.